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Witness: Girls in Senegal Risk Losing Their Futures

He was Fanta’s teacher and he still teaches in the same school and lives in the same village. Fanta, who had to abandon her dream of being a midwife, has to see him in the community as she walks through the village with the son he rejected. “In some communities in Senegal, this kind of “relationship” between a teacher and a female student is normalized, it’s seen as something that is inevitable when male teachers are around adolescent girls,” said Human Rights Watch researcher Elin Martinez. A new report, “It’s Not Normal,” looks at sexual exploitation, harassment, and abuse of girls in secondary…

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